Dr. Codd’s interest in Zen started when he read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and headed west for college. There he discovered the Zen Center of Los Angeles.
While his Zen practice has run parallel to his career as a neurosurgeon, it wasn’t until October 2017 that Dr. Codd was ordained as a priest of Boundless Way Zen. Dr. Codd said he values the role his Zen practice has played in allowing him to remain introspective about what he does, and to understand how his work impacts him as well as his patients.
“We’re often on the front lines of human suffering in the way we experience the fear and anxiety that comes from being a human in the context of health care,” Dr. Codd said. “Zen practice has allowed me to see what comes up in those moments, recognize the human experience, and use it as a vehicle of compassion.”