A questioner asked:
I was reading about it from the wikipedia.
"Ahura Mazda's creation—evident as asha, truth and order—is the antithesis of chaos, which is evident as druj, falsehood and disorder. The resulting conflict involves the entire universe, including humanity, which has an active role to play in the conflict."
"Zoroastrianism (as well as later Manicheism) may still have influenced elements of Buddhism, especially in terms of light symbolism."
"Daena (din in modern Persian) is the eternal Law, whose order was revealed to humanity through the Mathra-Spenta ("Holy Words"). Daena has been used to mean religion, faith, law, and even as a translation for the Hindu and Buddhist term Dharma."
It seems Zoroastrianism may have a significant influence in both Buddhism in
as well as well as Judaism and Christianity in the west. China
Interesting stuff... Would be interested to hear thoughts from others :)
To me, it seems like everyone wants to say their own religion influenced the others. It may be a historical truth that Zoroaster/Zarathustra was a prophet in the time of 1400 BCE but to the extent that Zoroasterian themes crop up in other cultural areas is not indicitative of cultural transmission per se. I don't see any direct linkage with Buddhism but there is a case to be made for overt cultural cross polliination and influence of Zoroasterian themes in the development of Jusaism and Christianity.
The cultural archeology is interesting, but to me the psychological archeology is far more fascinating. But for those interested in the cultural anthropology, here's a link for an interesting story about the Zoroastrian roots of Judaism's monothesim and Paul's Mithraic version of Christianity as being essentially an heretical Christianity.
In my view, the importance of "light" as an image for "awareness" transcends any particular culture and is inherently deep and profound in the psyche/mind. I'm using the term "psyche/mind" to mean the Mind only (cittamatra) of the Lankavatara.
In other words, every culture gets the meaning of light as the symbolic image for the essence of our existence without any need to imagine cultural transmission. Even physics has come to the conclusion that "light" is the essence of the universe, that everything is stardust, and light is just another way of saying energy which is the vibration that is reality.