Linda Pritzker (born September 1953[3]) also known by the name Lama Tsomo is an American lama in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She is a spiritual teacher, author, philanthropist, and co-founder of the Namchak Foundation and Namchak Retreat Ranch[4] in Missoula, Montana. She is a member of the Pritzker family, known for the Hyatt Hotel fortune.

Linda Pritzker
Linda Pritzker, aka Lama Tsomo, Headshot, 2014.jpg
Linda Pritzker (Lama Tsomo) in 2014
NationalityUnited States
Other names
  • Lama Tsomo
OccupationTibetan Lama, Author[1]
Known forInheritance, Buddhism
Net worthIncrease US$ 1.77 billion (July 2018)[2]
Parent(s)Audrey Gilbert
Robert Pritzker

Early lifeEdit

Pritzker was born in 1953 in Oberlin, Ohio, the second of three children born to Jewish-American businessman, Robert Pritzker,[5][6] and Audrey Gilbert.[7][8] She has two siblings: Jennifer N. Pritzker (b. James, 1950),[9] a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and founder of the Pritzker Military Library,[10] and Karen Pritzker (b. 1958).

Her parents divorced in 1979.[6] In 1981, her mother remarried Albert B. Ratner, the co-chairman of Cleveland-based real estate developer Forest City Enterprises.[7][8] In 1980, her father remarried to Irene Dryburgh with whom he had two children: Matthew Pritzker and Liesel Pritzker Simmons.[6]


After earning a master's degree in Counseling Psychology and working as a psychotherapist for several years, Pritzker began a spiritual path to Tibetan Buddhism.[11]

Pritzker was ordained a lama[2] in February 2005 by Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, a Tibetan meditation master and world holder of the Namchak Lineage, a branch of the Nyingma path of Tibetan Buddhism.[12] She began studying with Rinpoche in 1995 and became fluent in Tibetan.[13] Her journey to Buddhist practices has been documented by ABC News' Dan Harris in his podcast 10% Happier.[14]

She is the author of Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? A Westerner's Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice[15] and The Princess Who Wept Pearls: The Feminine Journey in Fairy Tales. [16] She is also the co-author of The Lotus & The Rose: A Conversation Between Tibetan Buddhism & Mystical Christianity[17] and a contributor to The Dharma of Dogs: Our Best Friends as Spiritual Teachers edited by Tami Simon.[18] Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? has a foreword written by the Dalai Lama and was a 2016 silver medal winner in the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Awards).[19]

Today, Pritzker's work revolves around the initiatives of the Namchak Foundation. While the Namchak Retreat Ranch is still under construction,[20] Namchak has several offerings for students looking to begin or strengthen their meditation practice including two online courses, guided meditations, Learning Circles, and several live events per year.[21]

As of July 2018, Pritzker's net worth is estimated to be $1.77 billion.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Pritzker is divorced and has three children: Rachel, Roland, and Rosemary.[22] She lives in Missoula, Montana.[1] She is a Tibetan Buddhist.[2]


  • Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? A Westerner's Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice[15]
  • The Lotus & The Rose: A Conversation Between Tibetan Buddhism & Mystical Christianity, co-author with Matthew Fox [17]
  • The Dharma of Dogs: Our Best Friends as Spiritual Teachers, contributing author, edited by Tami Simon [18]
  • The Princess Who Wept Pearls: The Feminine Journey in Fairy Tales[16]
  • "10% Happier with Dan Harris" Podcast, August 2017 [23]
  • "Metta Hour with Sharon Salzberg" Podcast, October 2018 [24]
  • "Buddha at the Gas Pump" Podcast, May 2018 [25]
  • "The Secular Buddhist" Podcast, June 2016 [26]
  • "Synchronisity podcast" May 2016 [27]
  • "Ani Tsering Wangmo: A Life of Merit" in Lion's Roar Newsletter, March 2010.
  • "Coming Home" in Originally Blessed. Oakland, CA: Creation Spirituality Communities, 2008.
  • "Dharmasala" in Lion's Roar Newsletter, August 2007.
  • "Shedra" in Lion's Roar Newsletter, February 2006.


  1. ^ a b van Gelder, Sarah. "How an American lama finds joy during turbulent times". Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Forbes: The World's Billionaires - Linda Pritzker July 2018
  3. ^ "Linda Pritzker: Official Website". Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Namchak Teachers". Namchak LLC. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  5. ^ Linda Pritzker, Forbes (October 2006)
  6. ^ a b c CNN Money: "THE PRITZKERS UNVEILING A PRIVATE FAMILY Can you believe it? These billionaires actually like each other. But as Pritzkers proliferate, a worry arises: Can they maintain their striking success – and keep everyone happy?", Ford S. Worthy, April 25, 1988
  7. ^ a b Yale University: "Slow readers, creative thinkers: gift will spur dyslexia studies - New center will explore links between reading problems, creativity" retrieved December 21, 2012
  8. ^ a b Encyclopedia of Cleveland History: "Biography of the Ratner Family" retrieved December 21, 2012
  9. ^ Geidner, Chris (23 August 2013). "Billionaire Backer Of Open Transgender Military Service Comes Out As Transgender". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  10. ^ Pritzker Military Library website: "Colonel (IL) J. N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired)" retrieved December 21, 2012
  11. ^ "Linda Pritzker Lama Tsomo". Linda Pritzker. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Who is Lama Tsomo". Namchak. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  13. ^ Chaney, Rob. "Buddhist teacher expands Tibetan tradition in Montana". The Missoulian. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  14. ^ Effron, Lauren. "Hotel Heiress-Turned-Tibetan Buddhist Lama on Navigating Life Toward Happiness". ABC News. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Why is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling? A Westerner's Introduction and Guide to Tibetan Buddhist Practice".
  16. ^ a b "The Princess Who Wept Pearls".
  17. ^ a b "The Lotus & The Rose".
  18. ^ a b "The Dharma of Dogs".
  19. ^ "Independent Publisher Book Awards 2016 Winners". Jenkins Group Publishing Services. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  20. ^ "Namchak Retreat Ranch". Namchak LLC. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  21. ^ "Namchak Resources". Namchak LLC. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  22. ^ Bertagnoli, Lisa (29 June 2018). "How the next-gen Pritzkers are spending the family fortune". Crain's Chicago Business.
  23. ^ "10% Happier with Dan Harris' and Lama Tsomo".
  24. ^ "METTA HOUR PODCAST • Episode 84 • Lama Tsomo".
  25. ^ "Lama Tsomo - Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview".
  26. ^ "Episode 250 -- Lama Tsomo :: Why Is the Dalai Lama Always Smiling".
  27. ^ "Episode 28: Lama Tsomo".