Isn't Buddhism and good fortune mutually exclusive? Just came to mind because a friend posted on facebook those "chain posts" or whatever you want to call them, those "forward and get something", a photo of a statue of the fat Buddha on top of money. And then it claims you will get good fortune if you share the image. Anyway, I thought Buddhism is about self denial, so how is Buddha even connected to the acquisition of wealth?
Well, not everyone is built for a monastic sort of self-denial, which is why the Buddha had many lay-followers who had jobs and made money (so to speak). In fact, the Buddha encouraged lay-followers to be diligent in their work
"By whatsoever activity a householder earns his living, whether by farming, by trading, by rearing cattle, by archery, by service under the king, or by any other kind of craft — at that he becomes skillful and is not lazy. He is endowed with the power of discernment as to the proper ways and means; he is able to carry out and allocate (duties). This is called the accomplishment of persistent effort.
Whatsoever wealth a householder is in possession of, obtained by dint of effort, collected by strength of arm, by the sweat of his brow, justly acquired by right means — such he husbands well by guarding and watching so that kings would not seize it, thieves would not steal it, fire would not burn it, water would not carry it away, nor ill-disposed heirs remove it. This is the accomplishment of watchfulness.
A householder knowing his income and expenses leads a balanced life, neither extravagant nor miserly, knowing that thus his income will stand in excess of his expenses, but not his expenses in excess of his income.
These...conditions...are conducive to a householder's weal and happiness in this very life"