The lotus flower represents one symbol of fortune in Buddhism. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.
this will be my next tattoo. i'm also going to put the tomodachi (friend) symbol in it. it will be my JAPAN tattoo, and since operation tomodachi was such a big and meaniful thing while i was in japan.