“Buddhism provides detailed descriptions of the incarnations of the Buddha, and of the one to come called Maitreya.
The sage Lao Tze, to whom is ascribed the Tao Te Ching, was the revered divine incarnation who sired the development of Taoism.
And Zoroaster was the messianic wellspring who transmitted the Zend Avesta and originated the tradition passed down through the Farsis.”
–Daniel Feldman, Qabala: The Mystical Heritage of the Children of Abraham, 2001, pg. 111-2.