7. Announcement

    Tan-Zan1 wrote sixty postal cards on the last day of his life, and asked an attendant to mail them. Then he passed away. 

    The cards read: 

        I am departing from this world. 

        This is my last announcement. 


            July 27, 1892. 


1. Hara Tanzan (December 5, 1819 – July 27, 1892) was a Soto Buddhist monk, head monk at the Saijoji temple in Odawara[1] and a professor of Philosophy at the University of Tokyo during the Bakumatsu and Meiji periods.