Suvimalee Karunaratna was born in Sri Lanka in 1939 and received her early education in Washington, D.C. and in Colombo. While living in Rangoon, where her father was posted as the Sri Lankan ambassador to Burma from 1957-61, she received meditation instructions from the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw and the Ven. Webu Sayadaw.
Her first volume of short stories was published in 1973, and several of her short stories have appeared in anthologies of modern writing from Sri Lanka as well as in literary journals. She is the author of several titles in the BPS's Bodhi Leaves series of booklets, including The Healing of the Bull, Prisoners of Karma, and The Walking Meditation.
- Prisoners of Karma: A Story by Suvimalee Karunaratna (Buddhist Publication Society Bodhi Leaves Publication No. 125; 1991; 29k/9pp.)
- The Healing of the Bull: A Story by Suvimalee Karunaratna (Buddhist Publication Society Bodhi Leaves Publication No. 140; 1996; 31k/10pp.)