The Buddha killed a band of pirates. What is that about?
No, it was in one of his previous lives, as told in the Jakata stories.
That's against the vows, isn't it?
Maybe. The Buddha-to-be knew that the pirates were going to sink the ship and kill all the passengers.
So the Buddha killed the pirates to save the passengers?
Apparently not. He was worried about the karmic consequences for the pirates if they were to go through with their plan.
But what about his own karmic consequences for taking a life?
He was willing to forego those to protect the pirates.
So he killed the pirates to save them?
I guess so. Hope he never wants to save me.
Do you have any evil plans?
Not any more.