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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

PETRONAS, CLUELESSWAN's Goose, Is Being Slaughetered for the GOLDEN EGGS!

See after my ch'onghei INTRO, from ****freemalaysiatoday.com:~~~

 

Desi always has been a li'l wary of this East Malaysian, Jeffrey Kitinggan,but when he speaketh about BN's wrongdoin's, I'm his friend for the moment, OK! (Based on political credo: My enemy's enemy is now my friend...)

I had told a recently befriended politikus in Peyton Placesque Furong that yesyerday moUrn, I was depressed at morning tehtarik -- I met wit' two other Furongknights plus one ex-F.R.K based in JB when two held the view the wan CluelessWan CEO would still/steal to be around post GE14, GE15 and GE16. It was a "split decision" as I and ONE other strongly feel that The CluelessWan's days are numbered. I stated that on last country 10 foreign jurisdictions have started INVESIGATIONS into Najib's petproject, the 1Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB), proudly having LOST RM40billion in just seven years. (I promise to REPRISE1 P. Guna's article later OK1...). Of course, he and his lackeys, especially 1MDB CEO, or resigned CEO, or about to resign -- what's his name? Arul GunaGundi somethin'...-- keep repeating the chorus: "1MDB has assets worth more than RM42billion to cover all its debts/liabilities..." 

 

BUT meanwhile, they DARE NOT SUE Wall Street Journal, or Sarawak Report, or the international media, who have reported in "detail" that showed the MONEY TRAILS linking 1MDB to Najib Razak to stepson (an unknown as filmmaker back in Malsia but made a movie called "Wolf from Wall Street" which ex-PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad described as a PORN film made at a cost of USD150million linked to 1MDB'. Of course, they bully the local Opposition MPs and NGO activists for making FACT-BASED comments about 1MDB's dire state...

Here's the frightening piece of latest news as how the Government is thinking of continuing its daylight robbing the nation's assets to help meet its debt obligations, and of course, 1MDB is the albatross hanging around its neck, hook, line and sinker. (Sometimes Desi doesn't even understand the metaphor he uses, because when one studies the 1MDB ***DEBACLE, comparable to two American scandals I will C&P later, OK2!), the mind boggles!...) 

 

Desi has been faithfully reporting on our people's richest asset held in trust for us by Petronas, yet we don't seem to get any benefit but see the PUMP PRICES going up and up and up, yes, with an occasional dip lah....but after several rounds of food&transport prices had gone up!

 

I reported that Petronas reported its FIRST QUARTER LOSS after almost a decade at end-December 2105, I promise to REPRISE the item later, OK3!

With the following news port from ****freemalaysiatoday.com, methinks the CluelessWan is in deep sh*t, as deep as the oil deposits off Sarwak/Sabah coasts.

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Jeffrey ‘alarmed’ at reports Russia studying Petronas assets

 | May 23, 2016
Selling off oil rigs in the waters of Sabah and Sarawak would mean "infringing" on the territorial rights of the two Borneo nations.
Jeffrey-KitinganKOTA KINABALU: Bingkor Assemblyman Jeffrey Kitingan has expressed extreme concern on speculation arising from a website http://teknoblog.ru and the Tass news agency, both reporting that Moscow was considering buying out Petronas assets.
It was not immediately clear whether these assets were also overseas but Tass referred to Petronas as one of the largest energy corporations in Southeast Asia, employing 40,000 people and authorized to develop and produce oil and natural gas throughout Malaysia, noted Jeffrey, who is also Star Sabah Chief, in a telephone interview.
“If these purported deals are about Petroleum Sharing Contracts (PSCs) in Borneo, it may be considered,” he conceded in elaborating on a statement that he had issued earlier in the day. “However, it seems that the Russian state-owned company Zarubezhneft was more interested in certain assets, purportedly including oil and gas fields complete with production platforms and rigs etc.”
“That raises the question, as being speculated in the social media, whether Petronas intends to conduct a fire sale of assets.”
He expects the Sabah and Sarawak Governments to study any negative developments in the oil and gas industry in Borneo in the wake of the Asean-Russia summit and statements attributed to Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak in Tass, the Russian news agency, and reports in other media in that country on Petronas.
Jeffrey’s main concern is that the Petronas assets that the Russians are reportedly eyeing may be in Sabah and Sarawak. “If so, that will be the proverbial straw breaking the camel’s back, coming on top of the various national crises and scandals going on in the peninsula,” he warned. “Putrajaya should keep the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) in mind.”
“We didn’t enter into Federation with the peninsula so that the Federal Government could sell off parts of Sabah and Sarawak to foreigners.”
Let me assure all Sabahans that we will not sit idly and watch it happen, said Jeffrey. “We will take all legal steps to voice our loudest and most vociferous opposition to the Federal Government, and take legal action through all the relevant international bodies, including the United Nations and the International Court of Justice (ICJ).”
The lawmaker, while not ruling out that the national oil corporation may be facing a cash crunch, ventured that there may be various “legal implications” if Petronas had to eventually sell off parts of the oil and gas industry in Sabah and Sarawak. “Selling off oil rigs in the waters of the two Borneo nations would mean infringing on their territorial rights.”
“The Federal Government and/or Petronas have absolutely no right to do this.”
Novak was quoted as saying in Tass on Friday, on the sidelines of an Asean-Russia summit in Sochi, that Zarubezhneft was “exploring the possibility of acquiring the assets of Petronas”. “Zarubezhneft shows interest in first studying the assets of Petronas. The parties are holding consultations about it,” Jeffrey quoted Novak as saying.
Novak confirmed that Zarubezhneft is in talks on entering projects in Malaysia, pointed out the Sabah Opposition strongman. “Novak further said that ‘as for Zarubezhneft they are studying opportunities to enter projects in Malaysia. Zarubezhneft has a lot of experience to enhance the effectiveness of existing fields, and offers its services and participation’.”

Monday, May 23, 2016

SPOILER ahead IF YOU HAVEN'T WATCHED "THe Blacklist Finale": THOU ART WARNED!

NO, ELIZABETH IS NOT DEAD! And she won me over with her valiant beauty that always cometh along with a newly-created Mother....If you don't know what Desi means, thou art KNOT AL1. The answer, my fRiend, is just below:

from deadline.com:~~~~


‘The Blacklist’ Creator On Finale’s Shocking Twists, the Fallout & Season 4





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SPOILER ALERT: This story includes details about tonight’s episode of The Blacklist.
In the final act of tonight’s jam-packed Season 3 finale of NBC’s The Blacklist, Liz (Megan Boone) came back from the dead and Image (2) JonBokenkamp__130716150253-200x323.jpg for post 541629met her father (nope, still not Red Reddington). Her death had been faked by Red’s trusted associate Kate Kaplan, who did it behind her boss’ back. But as Tom (Ryan Eggold) and baby Agnes fly to Cuba to reunite with Liz, they are tracked by the people of Alexander Kirk, Red’s old foe who had been trying to abduct Liz. By the time Red’s team gets to Cuba, Liz, Tom and the baby are gone, and Red’s threatens Kate, “What am I gonna do with you?” Meanwhile, Liz, tied to a chair, meets Kirk ...who tells her ................(**** SEE LUST LINE BELOW!)


Here is The Blacklist creator/executive producer Jon Bokencamp shedding light on tonight’s developments, the decision to fake Liz’s death, Red and Kirk’s history, what the future holds for Liz, Tom, and their baby, what Kate’s fate might be, and what the impact of the shocking revelation would be on Red and his relationship with Liz.
DEADLINE: First off, I assume Tom and the baby are alive and well? (after all, one has a spinoff, the other one is a baby)
BOKENKAMP: Well, they might be alive, but I certainly wouldn’t assume they’re ‘well’. I can think of a lot of strange, dark and unusual things that might happen with those two.





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DEADLINE: Where are the three being held?
BOKENKAMP: Held? Are they being held somewhere? I think that’s only one option, isn’t it? One of the things I love about the end of this season is that it gives us so many different options in terms of where we go next. I’d say Tom and Agnes are…unaccounted for. Or maybe they are being held. I do like that idea.
liz-and-tom-weddingDEADLINE: How was the decision made to “kill off” Elizabeth Keene as you were looking to accommodate Megan’s pregnancy?
BOKENKAMP: You know, we really embraced Megan’s pregnancy from the beginning. We never really considered trying to hide it — having her walk around carrying potted plants and standing behind furniture. Her pregnancy allowed us to find an organic way to deal with Liz’s own childhood and feelings of abandonment and identity. In the end, it was less about “killing her off,” and more about the Red/Liz dynamic. She was thinking about her child when she made the decision to try and get away from Red.
DEADLINE: Were you influenced by Game of Thrones‘ Jon Snow?
BOKENKAMP: I’ve never actually seen Game of Thrones, but I hear John Snow is alive and well. I’m happy for him.
DEADLINE: Why did Alexander Kirk go though so much carnage to get to his daughter and didn’t just reach out to her?
BOKENKAMP: Well, that’s the question, right? I think you gotta tune into Season 4 to learn the answer to that.
The-Blacklist-NBC-6kirkDEADLINE: Alexander and Red have been feuding for years. What is their history? Does Red know Alexander is Liz’s father?
BOKENKAMP: Red’s knowledge about Liz and her family is a thread we’ve been pulling for some time. The secrets he keeps are important for a variety of reasons, but – for example – when Liz was forced to remember the fire, it helped them find the fulcrum. Red’s self-interest is fueled by his history, and Kirk is part of that history. I think you’re going to see we have a lot of story to tell about these two and their relationship.
DEADLINE: What is Kate’s fate?
BOKENKAMP: Mr. Kaplan’s betrayal is unlike any of the others we’ve seen in the past three seasons. You know, you see her stand up to Red, and I think she made him really look at the way he’s been trying to protect Liz. I also think it’s important to remember that this whole idea — Liz faking her death — this didn’t come from Liz’s or Tom’s; it was Kaplan who concocted this plan. Liz only went along with it (while in child birth). I’m not excusing what she did, she agreed to do it, but it’s not as simple as Liz running away. From the day we met Elizabeth Keen in the pilot she wanted a normal life; a husband and a baby and this was a chance to finally escape Red and have that dream. Unfortunately it turned into something more of a nightmare, I think.
DEADLINE: What about Liz, Tom and Agnes’ future?
BOKENKAMP: Right! Talk about a splintered family unit. Liz meets Kirk, and has no idea where her family is. She was trying to protect them from Red, but didn’t know what was waiting around the corner. Now they’re in the exact jeopardy she was trying to avoid. I feel like this child is going to need some serious therapy if she makes it to adulthood.
DEADLINE: Where does the show go from here — is the next arc Red tracking down Liz?
BOKENKAMP: Look, that’s what’s so exciting to me about this next season. I feel like — at the end of season three — we landed on a really great engine driving us forward, and I think we have a similar engine here. The entire team is splintered, not just physically, but emotionally. The one person that Red cares about in this world is now missing and in the hands of his enemy. It’s gonna be really exciting to spin those in the room this year. As for Red, rest assured, he will be on fire.
DEADLINE: Would Red work for the FBI again if Liz returns or his blacklist as we know it is over?
BOKENKAMP: Well, Reddington certainly wouldn’t work for the FBI without Elizabeth, he said so much in tonight’s episode. He’s only there because of a secret agenda that Liz is central to. But our show has, and I hope always will have, a strong procedural element. That said, here’s what I love about this arc and her death — our fans, the really die hard fans, they were LizRedpissed when Liz died! They’re smart enough to know that Red and Liz are the show. The questions of who Red is to her, why he cares so deeply for her, what he wants from her — that’s all that ultimately really matters, and when we took Liz away from them the fans were rightfully upset. Hopefully, they see we’re not going to abandon that relationship, no matter how strained it becomes. And believe me — it will be strained. But that relationship is everything.
DEADLINE: How will the shocking development change Red’s relationship with Liz, and how will it change Red?
BOKENKAMP: I think the decision Liz made to fake her death will have significant impacts, not only with Red, but with the entire team! How much of a betrayal was this? How understanding will the others be? I think there is a lot of fertile material there, story wise, and that’s going to be a big part of Season 4. You think this was a roller coaster ride? Just wait.

****"...I am Alexander Kirk, the Konstantin Rostov, your father." 

DESIDERATA: Now that protagonist Liz has been brought back from the dead, Desi thinks a new SEASON 4 will follow, and I can continue to enjoy weakly her dazzling beauty...

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Elizabeth Keen IS DEAD -- Everyone Thought I Dodged The Bullets...

I watched the FINALE on Friday May 19 at 10.00PM; then I watched the repeat about an hour ago.

Towards the end, the climax was prefaced with strains of a song, of which I RECALL the key lines:

Everone thought I dodged the bullets
But I think I shot the gun...

Desi might be off a little, and I checked by googling for the lyrics, it just led to the name of the Composer/Songwriter, but no lyrics...@21.31hrs I googled again, got it for you! SEE **** below as PS.

But for those who have yet to view THIS ENDING ON A HIGH NOTE, please watch out for MORE REPEATS on AXN, Ch 701; if you no subscribe to Astro, Desi cun't help you la...No, Astro does NOT pay Desi a SEN == No Sense of gratitude from BIG bizmen like Ananda K! Can I digress with two bytes:

(!) Over Wesak Day tehtarik just recently, I recalled with fRiends how the son of the almost RICHEST MAN in Malaysia gave up every Earthly pleasure to enter a Thai Monastery;

(too) Desi was a guest of Ananda K to witness the FIRST MEASAT LAUNCH in French Guyana, South America, the BEST assignment I did as a Star reporter. Along the way I saw my FIRST Can Can girls show in an almost NU'E equipment -- it was artistically done; no, I didn't see any officer from JAIS present to pull wool over our I-Is.

OK, my parting message is: Watch the Blacklist Season 3 epicsode 23 FINALE before Desi breaks the SPOILER ending with my sext post scheduled for just minutes to the dawn of a nu'e DAE! -- YL, Desi

PS:  from genius.com:~~~

Dodged A Bullet

Greg Laswell

[Verse 1]
I'm not gonna try and make it even
You're way ahead by now
I'm not gonna try and make it all even
Even though I know how


[Chorus]
And everyone thinks I dodged a bullet
But I think I shot the gun

And everyone thinks I dodged a bullet
But I think I shot the gun

[Verse 2]
I'm not gonna tell my new friends about you
No, I'm gonna let that slide
I'm gonna be lazy when I write about you
Even though it takes all my might

[Chorus]
And everyone thinks I dodged a bullet
But I think I shot the gun
And everyone thinks I dodged a bullet
But I think I shot the gun

[Verse 3]
I'm gonna get back to believing
It's been a long, long time now
I'm gonna get up and make it look easy
Even though I don't know how


[Verse 4]
I'm not gonna try and make it even
I'm way behind by now
No, I'm not gonna try and make it all even
Even though I know how

[Chorus]
And everyone thinks I dodged a bullet
But I think I shot the gun
And everyone thinks I dodged a bullet
But I think I shot the gun
And everyone thinks I dodged a bullet
But I think I shot the gun
And everyone thinks I dodged a bullet
But I think I shot the gun
And everyone thinks I dodged a bullet
But I think I shot the gun
And everyone thinks I dodged a bullet
But I think I shot the gun
And everyone thinks I dodged a bullet
But I think I shot the gun
And everyone thinks I dodged a bullet
But I think I shot the gun

KSC: A surreal coincidence in the operating theatre

SIX hours past midnight I read about the friendly host of kosongcafe.blogspot.my (KSC) where sometimes I roam to and get some cyber treat and most important of all, an education, and if lucky, a rare sharing of innermost thoughts. This morn's is "CONCERNING" news for me; though I have not met KSC personally, it seems we know each other wellA, enough to make myself at home wit' his endless rounds of coffee (tehtarik2 on XXpecial request...). I left a note at his Blog saying I would pray heART for his continued wellbeing.

Please visit him there/dare, will ye, KSC needs your  prayers&support!?  ~~ YL, Desi

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan



Government fed by the people
Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.
When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.
Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Saturday, May 21, 2016


A surreal coincidence in the operating theatre

As I was wheeled into the operating theatre, a member of the OT team recognised my nose (last seen, probably some 15 years ago), despite my dramatic loss in weight (from 80+ to 58 kg). She checked my name, and took off her mask and asked, 'Are you Cheng Boon's father?' 'Yes.' I replied. 'Is she coming back?' 'No' without finishing with, 'but she will be post operation'.

That brief conversation set into motion a vital link which proved to be so useful because of my unexpected prolonged surgery (from 2 hours to 6 hours) because of need to resussitate me and blood transfusion. Whenever possible she informed my daugher Cheng in Geneva, who informed her brother in PJ, who then informed my wife, anxiously waiting for news. Just imagine her anxiety, if not for this almost real time information, and she were kept in the dark throughout the 6 hours! I do not think, if pre-planned, it could have worked out so well.  

First hurdle cleared, next battle is chemotherapy, which I have 2 to 3 weeks to build my body up to it.

I will be avoiding the computer and handphone as much as possible. So this blog, which had not been updated recently, will continue to be slack in the next few months.

I wish to thank my followers and visitors for their past support and hope they will bear with me during this period.



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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Today is Wesak Day, an IMPORTANT DAY for Buddhists Worldwide...

First of all, LET ME WISH ALL FOLLOWERS OF THE BUDDHIST FAITH: "Have a Happy, Serene WEsak Day" celebration, even with your Non-Buddhist fRiends. I normally spend weekends -- knotty BUMmer me would tease by sperring it as WICKEND 'Cos that's two days I invite my better-off fRiends to treat me, even at 5starred hotels, as I would be converted to Capitalism from my WEaKdays when I'm mostly Socialist.

Those who have been following Desi's writings for the past 11years will know by now I HARDLY, but sometimes heARTily, blog on RELIGION -- the latter on SPECIFIC issues related to HUMAN RIGHTS e.g. forced conversion of minors by parent/parents from one faith to another, controversial enough to hit the news headlines locally e.g INDIRA GANDHI case now before the courts.
I often tell my ER that if thou art a Buddhist, be a GOoD Buddhist, if thou art a MUslim, be a GOoD MUslim, and if thou follow the Christian faith, of whatever DENOMINATION, just be a GOoD Christian. "Don't ever try to CONvert your CONversationalists to thy faith, OK!"

For the benefit of newcomers here/hear, I spell GOoD thus because I define as any person being "good" is to "have the GOD in you." I also sometimes refer to my very close BUDS as mGf for myGOoDfRiend in the singular or plural. Once I did refer to KimQ as mGf and one reader knot into DDC commented innocently: "I didn't know Kim was a Girl...", and I corrected him later "G" stands for GOoD! Gotcha, unwitting Victm, it's funD yeah!

Todie my RUMINATION is to step out of the norms into an area IN have before said is ONE WHEN EVEN ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD. If I stepped on anyone's feet, I 'd sayd THERE IS NO ILL INTENTION, just voicing my INNERMOST THOUGHTS. If you don't like it, I have oft jested: "Get the Here out of Hell!"

IN my earlier INTRO, I had deliberately writ: ""Don't ever try to CONvert your CONversationalists to thy faith, OK!"

Let me narrate, for the first time, from my own experience: 

I was methinks a freethinker until my father took us (me and siblings) one fine, or is it dark, day  to a church to be "baptised". I was then 10years old. I think I did try my best to "practise" the main precepts or core values preached by the Pastor based on Jesus Christ's teachings, and of course, the BIBLE.

Let's cut to the chase, I'll forward to three decades later, ie the past 10 years I  interacted with many Buddhist fRiends, a vety I have BTW mentioned here without full disclosure of their ID. (ID is for Identity la, WHY LA, so kaypoh have to aRsEk wan?)

Long story short, it's from one learned fRiend (digressing again, the "R" in caps is based on my inclination to warn that when it's dropped, that socalled buddy turned into a FIEND -- remeber, my writes relating to "The Enemy Within...or TROJAN HORSES"? ) who surprised me wit': "In Buddhism we believers don't go around CONVERTING followers of other religious faiths to Buddhism.

I authomatically responded: "That's the beautiful part of Buddhism -- You don't have a God/deity, so it's just a set of principles of elevated values that Buddha leaves as a LEGACY."

I have to admit today I'm a very LIBERAL Christian much influenced by the teachings of Buddha, especially when mGf pointed out that our mutual much esteemed scientist -- I deem as the greatest mind on Earth -- ALBERT EINSTEIN was much besotted by the Buddhist faith and had written quite a bit/byte on the subject.

I said "beautiful" because based on my exposure, some so-called wickedend  preachers -- some still schoolgoing, NO JOKE! -- would be going round in residential gardens trying to CONvert people who are already of one Christian denomination INTO THEIR DENOMINATION (eg Protestant to Jehovah Witness.... )based on their claim that THEIRS IS THE RIGHT PATH TO SALVATION! 

I had told off one Bunch of youngsters they were ill-equipped to teach others twice or three times their age. Yes, in English we are used to hearing from some elders: Don't teach Grandpa to suck eggs!

In Chinese, a more tasty idiom an elder would share: "I have eaten more salt than you have rice!" He might even add: Now don't waste your father's heart-earned money preaching, go back home and prepare for your Form 3 or Sec 5 EXAMS!

Now., may I stop my sharing, just repeat again (SIC...)one lust line/time2/dime3 FROM ABOVE, OK!?: 

"Don't ever try to CONvert your CONversationalists to thy faith, OK!" 

Chow, 
which can mean 
SeeYa later
or 
Come,let's makan! 

YL, Desi 

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DESIDERATA: For Self Education, for Desi is a believer in LIFE-LONG LEARNING, I googled "Wesak Day Buddhism, Christianity" and decided to C&P the first enrty sighted, to show I'm not picky, just randomly TO BE EDUCATED, and maybe some sharing with ER who are willing, OK!

 From diffen.com:~~~~~


Buddhism vs. Christianity

Buddhism
Christianity
Buddhism is centered upon the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha, whereas Christianity is centered on the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ. Buddhism is a nontheistic religion, i.e., it does not believe in a supreme creator being a.k.a. God. Christianity is a monotheistic religion and believes that Christ Is the Son Of God.
Buddhism is an offshoot of Hinduism and is a Dharmic religion. Christianity is an offshoot of Judaism and is an Abrahamic religion.

Comparison chart

Buddhism versus Christianity comparison chart

BuddhismChristianity

BuddhismChristianity
Place of origin Indian Subcontinent Roman province of Judea.
Place of worship Buddhist monasteries, temples, shrines. Church, chapel, cathedral, basilica, home bible study, personal dwellings.
Practices Practices of the Threefold Training: Virtue, Concentration, and Wisdom, a.k.a the Noble Eightfold Path. Prayer, sacraments (some branches), worship in church, reading of the Bible, acts of charity, communion.
Use of statues and pictures Common In Catholic & Orthodox Churches.
Life after death If nirvana isn't attained during life, the aggregates will be renewed into a completely different entity. Furthermore, if certain qualities are subdued, like perception, one's karma can cause any type of aggregation, like rocks, stars, or plants. Eternity in Heaven or Hell, in some cases temporal Purgatory.
Belief of God The idea of an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent creator is rejected by Buddhists. The Buddha himself refuted the theistic argument that the universe was created by a self-conscious, personal God. One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Means of Salvation Following the Noble Eightfold Path. Through Christ's Passion, Death, and Resurrection.
Scriptures Tripitaka - a vast canon composed of 3 sections: the Discourses, the Discipline and the Commentaries, and some early scriptures, such as the Gandhara texts. The Holy Bible
Clergy The Buddhist Sangha, composed of bhikkhus (male monks) and bhikkhunis (female monks). The sangha is supported by lay Buddhists. Priests, bishops, ministers, monks, and nuns.
Followers Buddhists Christian (follwers of Christ)
Original Language(s) Magadhiprakrit Aramaic, Greek, and Latin.
Use of Statues Used as meditation objects, and revered as they reflect the qualities of the Buddha. Forbidden in Protestant denominations; icons are used in Catholic & Orthodox denominations.
Goal of Philosophy To eliminate mental suffering. Objective reality. Worship of God who created life, the universe, and is eternal. Christianity has its own philosophy, found in the the Bible. That philosophy is Salvation from sin, through the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
View of the Buddha The highest teacher and the founder of Buddhism, the all-transcending sage. N/A.
Founder Gautama Buddha (born as Prince Siddhartha) The Lord Jesus Christ.
Goal of religion To attain enlightenment and be released from the cycle of rebirth and death, thus attaining Nirvana. To love God and obey his commandments while creating a relationship with Jesus Christ and spreading the Gospel so that others may also be saved.
Authority of Dalai Lama Dalai Lamas are tulkus of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. They are cultural figures and are independent of the doctrinal basis of Buddhism. N/A.
Holy days/Official Holidays Vesak day in which the birth, the awakening, and the parinirvana of the Buddha is celebrated. The Lord's Day; Advent, Christmas; New Year, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, every day is dedicated to a Saint.
Symbols The conch, endless knot, fish, lotus, parasol, vase, dharmachakra (Wheel of Dharma), and victory banner. Cross, ichthys ("Jesus fish"), Mary and baby Jesus.
Literal Meaning Buddhists are those who follow the teachings of the Buddha in order to become like the Buddha. Follower Of Christ.
Human Nature Ignorance, as all sentient beings. In the Buddhist texts, it is seen that when Gautama, after his awakening, was asked whether he was a normal human being, he replied, "No". Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of sin. By knowing right and wrong Christians choose their actions. Humans are a fallen, broken race in need of salvation and repair by God.
View of other Dharmic religions Since the word Dharma means doctrine, law, way, teaching, or discipline, other Dharmas are rejected. N/A
Marriage It is not a religious duty to marry. Monks and nuns do not marry and are celibate. Advice in the Discourses on how to maintain a happy and harmonious marriage. A Holy Sacrament.
Religious Law The Dharma. Has existed among Catholics in the form of canon law.
Status of Vedas The Buddha rejected the 5 Vedas, according to the dialogues seen in the nikayas. N/A.
Population 300-350 million. Over a billion adherents worldwide.
Confessing sins Sin is not a Buddhist concept. Protestants confess straight to God, Catholic confess mortal sins to a Priest, and venial sins straight to God (Orthodox have similar practice) Anglicans confess to Priests but considered optional. God always forgives sins in Jesus.
Religion which atheists may still be adherents of Yes. No.
Geographical distribution and predominance Theradava Buddhist countries, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Sri Lanka are the places of predominance of Buddhism. The Noble Truths are presently best heard in Myanmar only. Europe, North and South America, and Australia and New Zealand.

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Christian scholar Marcus Borg found several similarities between the teachings of Buddha and Jesus.

Philosophical differences

In this New York Times article, Jay L. Garfield, who is the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Professor of Humanities at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, and author of the book Engaging Buddhism: Why Buddhism Matters to Contemporary Philosophy, describes how Buddhist philosophy is concerned about different questions than the philosophy of Abrahamic religions like Christianity, Judaism and Islam:
First, since Buddhism is an atheistic religion, it doesn’t raise questions about the existence of God that so dominate the philosophy of Abrahamic religions, let alone questions about the attributes of the deity. Buddhists do worry about awakening (Buddhahood). How hard is it to achieve? What is it like? Is a Buddha aware of her surroundings, or do they disappear as illusory?
Buddhists also worry about the relation between ordinary reality, or conventional truth, and ultimate reality. Are they the same or different? Is the world fundamentally illusory, or is it real? They worry about hermeneutical questions concerning the intent of apparently conflicting canonical scriptures, and how to resolve them. They ask about the nature of the person, and its relationship to more fundamental psychophysical processes. Stuff like that. The philosophy of religion looks different if these are taken to be some of its fundamental questions.
In this video a Buddhist contrasts Christian and Buddhist philosophies by narrating two stories about death.

Further Reading

For further reading, there are several books available on Amazon.com on Buddhism and Christianity:

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