María de Lourdes Argüelles is Professor Emerita of Education and Cultural Studies and a California licensed psychotherapist with specialties in clinical hypnosis, thanatology, and traumatology. She works pro-bono as a counselor to survivors of political and domestic violence and to the terminally ill and as a research consultant to non-profits and groups working in the areas of environmental restoration, degrowth, and food justice.
Argüelles is Vice President of the Board of Directors of Huerta del Valle Community Gardens and Urban Farms in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, California. She is an advisor to Pando Populus, a network of scholar-activists that support community groups engaged in developing ecologically balanced and socially just organizations and neighborhoods in Los Angeles, California.
Argüelles, also known as Konchog Dorje Khandro, was invested as a Lopon (senior Dharma teacher) in the Drikung Kagyu lineage of Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition and teaches Buddhist psychology and mind training at Drikung Kyobpa Choling, a traditional Tibetan Buddhist monastery and retreat center in Escondido, California.