An excerpt from Monkey, by Wu Ch'êng-ên
Monkey kills the robbers
"'Master, we can start now. I have killed them all.'
'I am very sorry to hear it,' said Tripitaka. 'One has no right to kill robbers, no matter how violent and wicked they may be. It would have been quite enough if you had driven them away. Why kill them? You have behaved with the cruelty that ill becomes one of your sacred calling.'
'If I had not killed them,' said Monkey, 'they would have killed you.'
'A priest,' said Tripitaka, "should be ready to die, rather than commit acts of violence.'"