Wind wrote:I read the Dhamma that the lay people hear is different than the ones given to bhikkhus. What did the Buddha teach to the lay people?
In general, this is probably true. However, lest we make an overly sharp distinction between "lay" and "monastic" persons and their teachings, it may also be helpful to point out that there would also be a range of different teachings in both types, dependent on the person to whom the Buddha was teaching.
Or, in other words, the Buddha usually gave very specific teachings to people in accord with not only what they needed, but also what they were capable of understanding and putting into practice.
In that time, when teachings are oral matters, and when the Buddha himself - and his great disciples - were capable of comprehending the audience in a manner and through means that many of us probably cannot really fathom, this is incredibly effective. However, in the modern day and age, with not only print but also digital information, all these teachings become open to the same extent - whether or not we are capable of understanding and practicing them or not. This is true with a personal guide or teacher, who may give us personal instruction to the extent appropriate, but for those who do not have such teachers and rely solely on books and the 'net, we must admit that this is a far cry from the original circumstances and conditions under which the Dhamma was taught by the Buddha himself.