Suvarnadhi became the chairperson of the Auckland Buddhist Centre in May 2021, having practised within the Triratna Buddhist Community for around 13 years.
She has been part of the team working at the centre since February 2019 and was ordained in September the same year. A long running quest for meaning, as well as an interest in meditation, first led her through the doors of the Auckland centre.
She is also a qualified Breathworks mindfulness teacher, specialising in mindfulness based pain management programmes. A history of chronic pain led to her interest in this work.