Recently after giving the Kalachakra initiation in Ladakh, His Holiness the Dalai Lama went into a 3 week retreat nearby. He is dedicating it towards the difficult situation in Tibet involving oppression from the Chinese government. He has also suggested that others do practices for Tibet as well. He has suggested

  1. Reciting the Heart Sutra twice a day
  2. Doing 10 mala recitations of Om Mani Padme Hum

And dedicating the merit for Tibet. It is seen as unusual because he doesn’t always make these requests, indicating that the seriousness of the situation in Tibet.