Interesting point. I am not sure that the relative number is so small. At present times... yes.. but there extenuating circumstances... actually unfortunately there is primarily only one extenuating circumstance. Chinese occupation of Tibet and all the abuse and marginilazation of ethnic Tibetans that it implies. Additionally Chinas policy of forced sterilization etc. are well documented. China introduced a policy of forced retirement for monks by the Chinese government. Retirement of monks was previously unheard of in Tibet... so it's drastically changed the numbers. In addition to the imprisonment and the destruction of temples and monasteries... I believe the number is probably the lowest it's been in Tibet. Prior to roughly the 1950's I believe the number of monks in relation to the general population was quite high.. perhaps as much as 20-30% of the male population. At any rate I digress... Tibet can go to the head.