Hara Tanzan (原タンザン, 5 December 1819 – 27 July 1892) was a polymathic Zen master and the first lecturer on Buddhist texts at the University of Tokyo. A former abott of Saijoji temple, he was also a scholar of Confucianism, Indian philosophy and medicine. His modern “outside the box” philosophy was subject to great notoriety in the 19th century.
On the last day of his life, Tanzan prepared sixty postal cards and asked an attendant of his to post them. Then he passed away.
The cards read:
I am departing from this world.
This is my last announcement.Tanzan; 27 July 1892