There is no special path. It is only Noble/Ariyan 8fold Steps, by understand the 4 Ariyan truth.
However, each individual has to asses their own experience and develop the path themselves. First step is “Right view”. One needs to understand the conditions for right view to arise before one can proceed to next step. That is associated with nobles and hear true dhamma from nobles with focus attention. Then practice with this new understanding in your daily life.
The rest of the steps is just automatic. If you put effort & associate with highest noble & hear true dhamma, your path will be short. If you just take a slow boat (little effort), then at most 7 existences/lives.
Buddha never gave verses for blessing. Buddha preach for beings to liberate from suffering. This maybe called a blessing for beings (humans and gods).
Amulet or dhamma for protection is not part of Buddha teaching. When you are happy in the teaching, this is your protection here and now. When one is pure in conducts, speeches and minds, there is no fear anywhere/anytime. Even the ghosts or maras will be scared of you. Deva/Brahma will protect you. But no needs to dwell on unseen forces. This may just be an imagination of your mind.
If one look at SN 55 especially SN55.7, one will notice Buddha only taught householder to gain unshakable confidences in triple gems and develop/purify good morality with understanding. Here is the quote:
We wish to live at home with our children; to use sandalwood imported from Kāsi; to wear garlands, perfumes, and makeup; and to accept gold and money. And when our body breaks up, after death, we wish to be reborn in a good place, a heavenly realm.
In this part, you can see that householder during Buddha time is also attached to family, enjoy sensual pleasure of using expensive items, use perfumes, use money and wish to be born in heaven realms. So no different from current householder, except more technology stuffs for current life.
The Buddha taught what can be practiced here and now. That is
Buddha taught how to purify their conducts such as 7 ariyan Sila (morality) on their daily life.
Householders, I will teach you the Dhamma that can be practiced here and now for oneself.
… So their bodily behavior is purified in three points.
… So their verbal behavior is purified in three points.
After that, he asked them to gain unshakable confidence in buddha, dhamma and ariyan sangha. These can be done by keep reflecting their characters on their daily life and/or hear true dhamma from nobles.
No where in Sutta ever show that Buddha forced someone to enter the monastic or practice vinaya. All of them do it freely after understanding the teaching. Also, nowhere in sutta Buddha ask householder to meditate right away. Because Buddha knew, it is impossible to purify mind without right view and purity of bodily & verbal conducts.
Also, in sutta some lay people managed to reach non returner without being in monastic. But their life essentially like a monastic life. Of course after meeting the conditions as I mentioned above.
This is so true.
Also make sure one don’t blindly follow a teacher. He/she might be only a common folk and doesn’t understand the teaching. He will go down to the hole, you might go down to the hole as well. Seen it many times.
In the search of true dhamma, one can not be satisfied easily.