Jeffrey Martin is a researcher on enlightenment, which he terms persistent non-symbolic experience (PNSE). I've previously linked to his dissertation, which basically says that enlightenment is not particularly linked to psychological development.
I recently came across a more recent paper that focuses on the changes occurring as a result of PNSE. A continuum of experience was discovered with clusters of change around sense of self, cognition, emotion, memory, and perception. I thought this was an interesting paper and identified with many of the changes reported. I think it's a good attempt to describe some things that have been historically difficult to describe.
Martin categorizes the continuum of changes as Locations 1, 2, 3 and 4, which reminded me in some ways of the 4 Buddhist paths.
A program called the Finders Course came out of this research and is an attempt to move people in the direction of persistent non-symbolic experience. The exact components of the course are being left mysterious, but are clearly meditation based.
Out of the research, about 6 meditative techniques seemed to rise to
the top, which again, are not revealed. The idea seems to be to sample all of
these techniques and find what works best, and it is implied that practicing an hour a day for a week is enough time
to see whether or not a given technique is suitable.
Speculating on these techniques we might include things like single-pointed concentration, mantra, noting, self-inquiry/koan, body-scanning, open awareness, and metta. These would be the likely suspects.
The first 6 weeks are described as being "designed to get you into a psychological sweet spot so that you don’t dark knight in the second half of the course," which implies that concentration practices are being used in this part of the course. I believe I saw some reference to the course being 15 weeks in length, but I can't find it right now.
I do like the idea that this is a systematic attempt to figure out how to get people enlightened. I will say that there is a slightly weird vibe to the whole thing, a bit of a secretive nature about what's going on, a substantial fee, and I suppose there is a pretty big expectation for the course, all potential yellow flags. But I guess I do like the overall direction of the project.