Even among the monastics in Tibet, the number of those who are sincerely studying and practicing the Buddhist teachings is relatively few. The majority of the monastics essentially spend most of their time reciting prayers and providing other ritual services for people in order to support their livelihood. As far as the Chinese followers of Buddhism, many spend the bulk of their time going to temples, making incense offerings, and supplicating the buddhas and bodhisattvas for good luck, prosperity and things like that. In Taiwan, practitioners and lamas spend most of their energy building colossal temples and Dharma structures. The majority of Buddhist followers are preoccupied with this sort of activity. The number of people—Tibetan or Chinese—who are sincerely studying and practicing the Dharma is very small. Tibetans have great faith in the Three Jewels, but if you ask them the reason why the Dharma is so sublime, no one is able to give a concrete answer. They say things like their lama is very great but they are not able to state any reasons for their strong faith. Among the Chinese Buddhists, everyone is making their incense offerings, supplicating the Buddha, or doing volunteer work inside the temples and so on, but the number of people who really know the content of the Buddha’s teachings is not much at all.
Depicted from "Buddhism in the 21st Century - Part 37" June, Sydney, Australia