The border just underneath the top is the "T-wave" or thunder wave. This is the thunder of the vajra (diamond scepter, dorje in Tibetan), symbolizing skilful means, compassion, samsara. This compassion is an active quality rather than mere sympathetic feelings not transformed into action. Compassion refers to action that is exactly consonant with whatever is occurring and that is not self-referential. The rest of the frame is done in a stylized trefoil; a cloud design that signifies the 3 Cintamani as the body, speech and mind of Buddha that the practitioner will possess.
The front doors have masterful art work: the left door has Chakravartin's Precious Elephant with a stack of flaming Cintamani on his back: the right door has an energetic yak. Both doors a scenes set in the Pure Lands with mountains, cascading waters and cumulus clouds.The term Chakravartin, or Wheel Turner
in Hinduism refers to an ideal ruler, but in Buddhism, Chakravartin has come to mean a Buddha whose all-encompassing teachings are universally true. Chakravartin has an army of 4 divisions, infantry, cavalry, elephants, and chariots. Chakravartin is the lineage of 25 Kulika kings or enlightened monarchs, the 25th of which will finally defeat the "non-believers." The Precious Elephant is a symbol of the strength of the mind in Buddhism. Exhibiting noble gentleness, the precious elephant serves as a symbol of the calm majesty possessed by one who is on the path. Specifically, it embodies the boundless powers of the Buddha, which are miraculous aspiration, effort, intention, and analysis. Elephant tusks are sometimes depicted and are symbolic of the whole elephant. The flames around the Cintamani are symbolic of the burning away of false desires and ignorance, giving way to enlightenment. The yak, a reminder of one of the Tibetan Plateau's most versatile commodities. Until recently, both domestic and wild yaks were found there. The yak is an essential part of the Tibetan diet, providing meat, milk, butter, and dried cheese. The wool is spun to make rope and cloth; the hides are used for tents; bags made from yak hides and fly whisks made from the tails have been exported for years. In the hands of a deity, the fly whisk is a sign of compassion (e.g., "would not hurt a fly"). Yaks are also beasts of burden, pulling wagons and carts. .
The each side has an unusual mandala style depiction of the4 Noble truths and the Eight Fold Path to enlightenment. The Four Noble truths are the middle way and the first teaching of Buddha. 1. Life is suffering. 2. Ignorance is the cause of suffering. 3. The cessation of suffering is the goal of life because it transcends pains and pleasure. 4. The way to the cessation of suffering is the Noble Eightfold Path, which aligns with the eight spokes of the Dharma Wheel, represented by the outer ring of linked trefoil designs. The 8 paths to enlightenment work together, not separately. 1. right understanding . 2. right attitude 3. right speech 4. right action 5. right work 6. right effort 7. right mindfulness 8. right meditation.