your just looking to the wrong places in burma. look at the forest centers and meditation centers, all the mahasi centers and branches, mogok centers, pa auk centers, that's funny that gangnam style caught on there. you're right they handle money on the street. it's not such a big deal when you consider the context of why a lot of people in burma ordain to begin with. ordain, have a pre-established family business, or join the military. hmm... it's funny hearing white people being indignant about this sort of thing.
edit: oh yeah, and taungpulu (however, i don't know how prominent he is, really; i tried to find his place in sagaing hills but couldn't). oh yeah shwe oo min too.. anyway, it's still strong there, you just have to look in the right places.
Just keep breathing in and out like this. Don't be interested in anything else. It doesn't matter even if someone is standing on their head with their ass in the air. Don't pay it any attention. Just stay with the in-breath and the out-breath. Concentrate your awareness on the breath. Just keep doing it. http://www.ajahnchah.org/book/Just_Do_It_1_2.php