Bearing Witness Retreat: A retreat in which The Three Tenets are used as an organizing principle. The place and a social issue are important ingredients. For example, the ZPO Bearing Witness Retreats have been conducted in the streets and at Auschwitz/Berkinau and Rwanda.

Bodhisattva: A person who has taken a vow to help all beings awaken to the interconnectedness of life. In the ZPO, we also commonly use this term to refer to those who unselfishly serves others.

 Council: A way of communication in which all participants are peers, sit in a circle, and listen and speak from the heart with the use of a talking piece.

Enlightenment: Awakening to the interconnectedness of Life.

Day of Reflection: A day in which we reflect upon and renew our practice of the ZPO Rule. If done in a group, we share our reflections in a council.

Gate of Sweet Nectar: The signature liturgy of the Zen Peacemakers for feeding all the unsatisfied aspects of oneself and society.

Pamsula: In the Buddha’s time, certain materials were taboo for use by society. This included materials used for shrouds covering the dead, those gnawed by rats, or menstrual rags. The Zen Peacemakers have taken up the practice of using discarded materials for making their Zen Peacemaker rakusu.

Rakusu: In the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, an abbreviated form of the original Buddhist robe. In the Zen Peacemakers, the rakusu is sewn by individuals from pamsula.

Sociocracy: The system of governance developed by Gerard Endendberg in Holland using consent-based decision making by all members. It has a tiered circular organizational structure.

Spirit Holder: In a Bearing Witness Retreat, people chosen to sense the heart beat of the retreat and make changes accordingly.

Steward: The person trained to guide the functioning of the circle and to cultivate harmonious relationships among its members.