SN 36.15, 16 17, 18 also contains 9 gradual nirodha
With suttas 15-18 being the same sutta with different groups of monks asking about it, we can safely assume this model of 9 cessations was probably taught very often, and over 45 years of teaching became the Buddha’s basic model for 9 attainments. The agamas (another EBT school) has parallels to these 5 suttas, whereas the cluster of 30 suttas near AN 9.30 also deal with 9 attainments, with one important difference, does NOT have parallels in the agamas. AFAIK.
DPR has alternate word for kāma-sañña
āmissa (sya): meaning pleasure of flesh? As in vedana sa-misa for worldly pleasure, and nirā-misa for jhāna pleasure? And which tipitaka is ‘sya’?
difference in first jhana
b.bodhi: (1) For one who has attained the first jhāna, sensual perception has ceased.
b.thanissaro: “When one has attained the first jhāna, the perception of sensuality has ceased.
paṭhamaṃ jhānaṃ samāpannassa kāmasaññā [VAR āmissa (sya)] niruddhā hoti;
Marked by the appetites and passions of the body • music is the only sensual pleasure without vice • a sensual delight in eating
animal, carnal, fleshly
Sexually exciting or gratifying • sensual excesses
Noun: sensualism, sensuality, sensualness
Desire for sensual pleasures
concupiscence, eros, physical attraction, sexual desire
Proceeding in small stages • a gradual increase in prices
bit-by-bit, gradational, gradatory, graduated, in small stages, piecemeal, slow, step-by-step, stepwise
(of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt • a gradual slope
easy, gentle, inclined, sloping
gradual training is not out of order, random, or backwards
Before you slam dunk a basketball viciously on your opponent's head in a game, first you need to be able to do a layup.
Before you can do a lay up in a game, first you need to be able to move around and dribble.
Before you move around and dribble, you need the ability to stand still and dribble.
You don't teach someone to dunk before they can dribble.
You don't teach someone rupa samadhi and expect them to attain a-rupa before doing rupa.
You don't expect someone to go from vocalization to arupa samadhi before first calming down vocalizations,
calming the fabrications for the vocalizations, also known as thinking & evaluation.
You don't teach someone to just suddenly have all thinking completely cut off before first jhana.
That's not gradual, that's abrupt and not a step by step training.