Questions and Answers with Bhante Hye

Venerable Bhikkhu Dhammavuddho Mahathera (Bhante Hye) shared the Dhamma in this wonderful Questions and Answers Forum. Basically the questions -which I reframed most of them- are:
  1. What is the best way for a lay devotee to attain Sotapanna?
  2. Will someone who killed someone else in self-defence still have a chance to become a Steam-Enterer?
  3. Can ordinary persons attain the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th stage of sainthood?
  4. Is there any secret by listening directly to The Buddha's words that led to so many people attained Sotapanna?
  5. Is cultivating Jhana necessary?
  6. Were Āḷāra Kālāma and Uddaka Rāmaputta ariyans?
  7. Can someone get enlightened only by attaining the 7th or 8th Jhana?
  8. Why is SammāJhana not included in the Noble Eightfold Path?
  9. Can Bhante Hye comment on the belief that practice of meditation hinders one's study of the Dhamma?
  10. Can Bhante Hye explain how the doctrine of Anatta to be understood?
  11. Why are we -having learned and understood Dhamma- still attached to our own self, body and sensual pleasures?
  12. We are taught to restraint our six senses, does that mean as Buddhists we must not have any hobbies since most hobbies are directly related to our six senses?
  13. How do we know which Suttas belong to the Early Buddhist Texts?
  14. When a being is reborn in hell, will his misdeeds be made known to him?
  15. Did the three superhuman knowledges (tevijja) arise after coming out of the Jhana or in the Jhana?
  16. Does the destruction of the Āsavas happen after coming out of the fourth Jhana?
  17. Can Bhante Hye elaborate on "without soul" in Buddhism?
  18. Are attainments of the 7th and 8th Jhana considered as wasted effort (unnecessary Jhanas)?
  19. Is gambling allowed in Buddhism?
  20. How do Bhante Hye reconcile sakkāyadiṭṭhi with Anatta?
  21. How could Steam-Enterers still feel conceit while sakkāyadiṭṭhi is no more there?
  22. Is there any way to improve our memory?
  23. How to understand the meaning of Nibbana?
  24. How could we follow the path without having any conflicts with family members who are not Buddhists?
  25. What is Bhante Hye's definition for Buddhist Wisdom?
  26. Are Sotapannes meticulous in the five precepts?
  27. When humans passaway, in Buddhism view, which is the better way of handling the body?
  28. How do we help the "free-thinkers"?
  29. Is it okay to use herbicides to kill lalang (cogon grass) or other grasses?
  30. There are many snails eating the plants at home, what should be done?
  31. What are the meanings of the types of wisdom as stated in Majjhima Nikāya 111?

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  1. Venerable Bhikkhu Dhammavuddho Mahathera (Bhante Hye), 
  2. YouTube, and 
  3. The people involved in the making of and uploading the video.
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Dhammapada Verse 354

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