Do fully enlightened "persons" still meditate, and why? I get why they keep living, to help sentient beings. But does meditation help in that way?

  • sorry for that, my mistake
    – user2512
    Aug 19, 2017 at 16:51

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Yes, Buddha did meditate. This is for the pleasant abiding here and now.

From the discussion, What did Buddha do to pass his time? --

Some relevant info:

Then the Blessed One, having emerged from seclusion after the passing of three months, addressed the monks: “Monks, if wanderers of other sects ask you, ‘By means of what dwelling, friends, did Gotama the contemplative mostly dwell during the rains residence?’: You, thus asked, should answer them in this way: ‘It was by means of the concentration of mindfulness of breathing that the Blessed One mostly dwelled.’ …

This means that right mindfulness functions not only as a factor of the path, but also as a pleasant pastime for those who have fully developed the path and tasted its ultimate fruit.

This quote is originally from the Icchānaṅgala Sutta (SN 54:11).

  • do we know why the buddha meditated?
    – user2512
    Aug 19, 2017 at 15:44
  • He is not deliberately meditating like a beginner. Meditation is his natural relaxed state when he is not occupied with anything else.
    – SarathW
    Aug 19, 2017 at 21:58