My point exactly. Making something forbidden always gives it some degree of power.
Just look at the bans on porn, alcohol, and western music in some middle eastern countries.
Look at marijuana use here in the states.
Not that these things wouldn't have a following or power without the bans, but their following/use wouldn't be a "fuck you" to the powers that be.
On an unrelated note, I absolutely love that the Dalai Lama is fascinated by machinery. I have to wonder if he hadn't been selected as the Lama, if he'd be a mechanic or something like that...