The things we do for love!

A senior Tibetan lama at the centre of a long-running row over one of Buddhism’s most important titles has found another calling.

He is now married to his childhood friend in India.

Thaye Dorje, 33, has claimed since childhood to be the reincarnation of the Karmapa Lama, the leader of one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

But many adherents of the Karma Kagyu school of Buddhism follow another monk with a rival claim to the title, Urgyen Trinley, who is also recognised by the Dalai Lama.

The disagreement has long split Tibetan Buddhists, but on Thursday Thaye Dorje’s office made the surprise announcement that he had married in a private ceremony in New Delhi on March 25, and abandoned the monkhood.

“I have a strong feeling, deep within my heart, that my decision to marry will have a positive impact not only for me, but also for the lineage,” the statement quoted Thaye Dorje as saying.

“Something beautiful, something beneficial will emerge, for all of us.”

His new wife, 36-year-old Rinchen Yangzom, was born in Bhutan and educated in India and Europe, the statement said.

Thaye Dorje was born in Tibet and his own father was a high lama, while his mother is a descendant from Tibetan nobility.

According to his official biography, he was just one-and-a-half years old when he started telling people that he was the Karmapa.

Under Tibetan tradition, monks identify a young boy who shows signs he is a reincarnation of a late leader.