TsultimNamdak wrote:I don't think there is anything that explains everything. However, a really good book for the explanation of implements and so on is Robert Beer: The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs . A somewhat cheaper version of the text (with fewer pictures, but still a lot) is to be found in Robert Beer: The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols.
Seconded. But, Luke, just ask people after puja.
Equanimity is the ground. Love is the moisture. Compassion is the seed. Bodhicitta is the result.
-Paraphrase of Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel citing the Guhyasamaja Tantra
"All memories and thoughts are the union of emptiness and knowing, the Mind.
Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."
-Ra Lotsawa, All-pervading Melodious Drumbeats