Spotted Feet ［斑足王］ ( Kalmāshapāda; Pali Kammāsapāda; Hansoku-ō or Hanzoku-ō): Also known as Deer Feet. A king described in the Benevolent Kings Sutra, the Sutra on the Wise and the Foolish, and The Treatise on the Great Perfection of Wisdom. According to the Sutra on the Wise and the Foolish, he was a prince born of the king of a country and a lioness. Though human in form, he had spotted feet. According to the Benevolent Kings Sutra, he was the crown prince of a kingdom called Devala and was about to become the king. One day a non-Buddhist teacher suggested to him that he take the heads of a thousand kings and dedicate them to a certain deity. Prince Spotted Feet responded by capturing and imprisoning 999 kings. He then captured the thousandth and last king, who was named Universal Brightness. King Universal Brightness begged Spotted Feet for a day’s grace before being killed so that he could return to his country to offer food to Buddhist monks. This granted, he built a hundred preaching platforms and invited a hundred monks to lecture from them. The monks lectured on the prajnā-pāramitā, or the teaching of the perfection of wisdom. Universal Brightness listened as the foremost of the monks preached verses for him, and he thereby gained great insight. The next day he returned as promised to Spotted Feet, who had already ascended the throne. He proceeded to teach the Buddhist verses he had learned to the other imprisoned kings and to Spotted Feet as well. The latter was so delighted that he admitted being led astray by a non-Buddhist teacher and urged all the kings to invite the monks to lecture on the perfection of wisdom. Releasing the kings, Spotted Feet became a monk himself and strove in Buddhist practice until he finally awakened to the non-birth and non-extinction of all phenomena. The details of the story differ according to the text. For example, in The Treatise on the Great Perfection of Wisdom, King Spotted Feet appears as King Deer Feet who captured the king Universal Brightness and 99 other kings and granted Universal Brightness seven days’ grace to fulfill a promise he had made to give offerings to a Brahman. See also Universal Brightness.