Who We Are
Zarathushtrian Assembly was founded by a group of visionary Zoroastrians in 1990 to create a progressive platform for people of all backgrounds, regardless of current religious belief, world view, national origin, ethnicity, or personal interpretation of Zoroastrianism, to study the philosophy and teachings of Zoroaster (Zarathushtra), as taught in the Gathas (his thought-provoking mantras). The Assembly welcomes everyone to join our community to understand, live, and disseminate the universal message of Zarathushtra, which encourages critical thinking and inspires one to work toward self-improvement and betterment of the world in all spheres of life.
Board of Directors
M. Taghi Shoraka
Back to the future…
The teachings of Zarathushtra are perhaps among the very few belief systems in human history, where its older more fundamental form is non-prescriptive and does not lend itself to becoming fossilized in time and place. With this notion in mind, in the late 1980s, a group of Zoroastrians in Southern California came up with the innovative idea to form an organization that serves Zoroastrians and non-Zoroastrians who were in search of the core teachings of Zarathushtra Spitama. Their vision was to welcome non-Zoroastrians, who were interested in the message of Zarathushtra and to empower Zoroastrians, who identified themselves as “spiritual” and were uninspired by dogmatic belief and strict rituals. Hence, the cornerstone of the founding of the Zarathushtrian Assembly was laid.