In the most well-known teachings to laypeople, there is no mention of meditation (satipatthana); such as in DN 31; SN 55.7; ; MN 60 (in which meditation is only mentioned after going forth as a monk); AN 10.176; AN 3.65.
In SN 56.11 (the first sermon), it is explicitly said the Noble Eightfold Path was for those gone forth from the household life, as follows:
Bhikkhus, these two extremes ought not to be cultivated by one gone forth from the house-life. What are the two? There is devotion to
indulgence of pleasure in the objects of sensual desire, which is
inferior, low, vulgar, ignoble, and leads to no good; and there is
devotion to self-torment, which is painful, ignoble and leads to no
The middle way discovered by a Perfect One avoids both these extremes; it gives vision, it gives knowledge, and it leads to peace,
to direct acquaintance, to discovery, to nibbana. And what is that
middle way? It is simply the noble eightfold path, that is to say,
right view, right intention; right speech, right action, right
livelihood; right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. That
is the middle way discovered by a Perfect One, which gives vision,
which gives knowledge, and which leads to peace, to direct
acquaintance, to discovery, to nibbana.
In the modern West, most so-called Buddhist meditation for lay people is about accepting defilements rather than rejecting defilements.