Lay Buddhism is something new in the. 2500 history of Buddhism. Historically, Buddhism is a monastic tradition, for monks and nuns who choose to leave the material world and follow the teaching of the inner search for meaning, dropping the material search for meaning in things and possessions. Instead of a path of acquiring, Buddhism is the path of letting go. Lay Buddhism is the path of letting go while you still live in the world acquiring stuff. Since the Material secular world is the only world we have to swim in, we have to learn how to make the material world sacred. We have to learn how to make the wasteland our Garden. How can we. be complete and at ease in a world that conditions us to feel incomplete and ill at ease?
Lay Buddhism or Insight Meditation, or Dharma practice, is about alchemy. You turn the base metal of everyday world into the gold of awakening to your true nature.